Reviews of topical problems

The puzzle of the γ→α and other phase transitions in cerium

 a, b,  c, b
a Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electro Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii prosp. 31, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
b Lomonosov Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Leninskie Gory 1 build. 2, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
c Institute for High Pressure Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Troitsk, Moscow, Russian Federation

We discuss recent research on phase transitions in cerium under pressure, including new experiments on the γ→α transition, which indicate that it is a hidden structural phase transition. We also discuss some models of relevance to the field, both theoretical and computational.

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PACS: 61.50.Ks, 64.70.K−, 71.10.−w, 71.27.+a, 71.70.Jp, 76.80.+y, 81.30.−t (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0182.201207b.0701
Citation: Nikolaev A V, Tsvashchenko A V "The puzzle of the γ→α and other phase transitions in cerium" Phys. Usp. 55 657–680 (2012)
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Received: 23rd, May 2011, revised: 26th, March 2012, 11th, May 2012

Оригинал: Николаев А В, Цвященко А В «Загадка γ → α и других фазовых переходов в церии» УФН 182 701–726 (2012); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0182.201207b.0701

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